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|FOCUS: What Catherine Read --from Ch. 23-24
Written by Adrian
(3/15/2009 9:46 a.m.)
As Catherine, the General, and Eleanor set out on their tour of the Abbey, the narrator makes an interesting comment in passing about Catherine’s degree of reading (perhaps ironic):
They set forward; and, with a grandeur of air, a dignified step, which caught the eye, but could not shake the doubts of the well–read Catherine,...
Shortly thereafter, as the group passes through the library the narrator tells us...
Catherine heard, admired, and wondered with more genuine feeling than before--gathered all that she could from this storehouse of knowledge, by running over the titles of half a shelf [LOL], and was ready to proceed.
Considering NA’s large staff, as they passed through the kitchen...
How inexpressibly different in these domestic arrangements from such as she had read about--from abbeys and castles, in which, though certainly larger than Northanger, all the dirty work of the house was to be done by two pair of female hands at the utmost.
When Catherine learns that Eleanor was away from home at the time of her mother’s death, she begins to see the General displaying “the air and attitude of a Montoni,” the villain of Udolpho.
From Ch. 24:
Were she even to descend into the family vault where her ashes were supposed to slumber, were she to behold the coffin in which they were said to be enclosed--what could it avail in such a case? Catherine had read too much not to be perfectly aware of the ease with which a waxen figure might be introduced, and a supposititious funeral carried on.
A wax figure appears in Udopho, but not (IIRC) a “supposititious funeral.”
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